PSC supports athletes in SEAG campaign
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 01, 2019 04:25 PM
“We are quietly helping and supporting the athletes. The government has always been here to give what it can for our national team." - PSC Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez (FILE Photo courtesy of PSC)
“Give your best for the country!”
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez said this as a message of encouragement to the country’s national athletes as the agency reiterated its support for their quest for overall championship in the forthcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games to be held November 30 to December 11 in Manila, Clark and Subic this year.
“We at the PSC are very happy that we are hosting this year’s SEA Games,” clarified Ramirez amidst recent speculations to the contrary.
He pledged the government agency’s support to the athletes saying “we are working very hard to support you in terms of sports equipment, your needs, your medicine, your meals and foreign training.”
In the first quarter alone, the PSC has already released over P6.2 Million in financial assistance to fund training of our athletes overseas.
The PSC chief further extolled the value of sports as a great “unifier and equalizer” thus deserving of attention and support.
This March, the PSC opened two Nutrition Halls, one at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and another at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City, to provide nutritionist-advised nourishment for our national athletes and coaches. This has been a long-time promise of Ramirez as instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte. “Pakainin ang mga bata sabi ni Presidente and that is what we worked hard for to deliver,”explained Ramirez.
After months of rehabilitation, the agency has also reopened some parts of its dormitories in the said sports complexes to provide accommodation to members of the national pool. As of now, athletes representing 13 sports namely Fencing, Karatedo, Muaythai, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Canoe, Dragon Boat, Sepak Takraw, Softball, Pencak Silat, Petanque, Lawnballs and Wushu are checked in or are about to be billeted at the dorms.
The purchase of over P600 Million in sports equipment has also been approved by the board in preparation for the games.
“We are quietly helping and supporting the athletes. The government has always been here to give what it can for our national team,” the PSC chief said in closing.